Area of Law: Landlord and Tenant
Answer # 452
Tenants' rights and responsibilities when moving outRegion: Ontario Answer # 452
Unless the lease states otherwise, a tenant is generally required to leave the rented premises in the same condition as it was when they moved in minus reasonable wear-and-tear. If the tenant installs fixtures or furnishings that need to be removed at the end of the tenancy, the tenant is normally responsible for ensuring any damage due to installation or removal is repaired. If a tenant renovates a unit according to a requirement in the lease or with permission of the landlord, they will usually be able to leave the premises in the renovated condition, as long as there is no unreasonable damage to the property. However, fixtures installed by the tenant do become the property of the landlord.
If the tenant damages the property or leaves the premises in a way that causes the landlord a financial loss, or does not comply with the terms of the lease, the landlord may be able to sue the tenant.
For additional information on commercial tenancies, visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
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If you are a commercial tenant and are unsure of your obligations when moving out, you should consult a lawyer.
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